The High Priestess appears today to invite us into the Mysteries. Rather than tell us what we want and need to know, she is prepared to show us how to discover them ourselves.
This image of the High Priestess is from the Alchemical Tarot Deck created by Guiley & Place. It is a revealing representation of this Major Arcana. The appearance of the Priestess is that of a Soror Mystica from the alchemical text, the Mutus Liber. She is afloat on a moon boat far out to sea under a full moon because she brings a message from the deepest depths of our world and ourselves. Her finger raised to her mouth is an ancient hermetic sign. It signals the presence of mystery and the need for the language of silence. The Book of Secrets she holds is closed. It is time to look and feel instead of talking and listening, for the revelations of the Priestess come through our intuition.
The High Priestess initiates us into the alchemical process of dissolution during which we are bathed in the waters of our emotions as well as our imagination and are able to continue to let go of what is no longer necessary. She is here to guide us along the path of our inner, esoteric journey. When we reach the gateway, it is our responsibility to discover the Gnostic truths she embodies.
“In order that you may desire nothing that belongs to the theory and practice of our Philosophy, I will tell you that, according to Philosophers, there are three kinds of Gold.
The first one is an Astral Gold, whose center is in the Sun, which with its rays communicates it, at the same time as its light, to all heavenly bodies under it. It is an igneous substance, and a continuous emanation of solar corpuscles which, being in a perpetual flux and reflux, because of the movement of the sun and the stars, fills up the whole universe. Everything is penetrated by this Gold in the immensity of heavens upon earth, and, in its bowels, we breathe continuously this Astral Gold, the solar particles penetrate our bodies and are ceaselessly exhaled from them.
The second one is an Elemental Gold, that is, the purest and most fixed portion of the elements, and of all substances composed by them; so that every sub lunar being of the three genera contains in its center a precious grain of this Elemental Gold.
The third one is the handsome metal, whose brightness and inalterable perfection give it a price, which make it to be considered by all men as the sovereign remedy for all evils and needs of life, and as the only foundation of greatness and human power.”
The Hermetical Triumph
What is the first step that sets a person on the path to discovering they are an alchemist?
All of us live in and interact with a 3D, material world. Most of us believe there is more than this, something beyond what we can touch and see. Some of us wonder what our life would be like if this “beyond” were true. A few of us know it is true and want to interact with it.
These few are on the path.
The core issue for this week is a sense of hope and inspiration. Do not be surprised if you have a very clear picture of the future that you want. You can get there but it will not be easy. You are surrounded by concealment, conflict, unrealistic idealism and impulsiveness. This is a natural way all of us react to exciting, overwhelming and unpredictable times. There is much movement. This is a time to gather information, travel to do so if necessary and, above all, remain aware. The Forces of the Above also have a very strong presence, more than usual. Take advantage of this; build and create – ideas, relationships as well as material things. There is some opposition in communications so use self counsel in your decision making. Do not become too involved in the details of your environment. See the balance in opposites. Bring them together to create something new. By the end of this week you will have a feeling of regeneration and the flowering of your self.
I abandon myself to a life that emerges by following the messages from the Source of All Things.
“The secret of alchemy is this; there is a way of manipulating matter and energy so as to produce what modern scientists call a ‘field of force.’ This field acts on the observer and places him in a privileged position within the universe. From this position he has access to the realities which are ordinarily hidden from us by time and space, energy and matter. This is what we call The Great Work.”